Posted on 29 January 2013.
Research is constantly being carried out to find methods of digital data storage that will have limitless capacities of holding data and one of the most recent techniques being researched on involves storing data in form of DNA molecules. For many years, DNA has been used by biological systems to store information but until recently, this technique had not been explored extensively to find out whether it could be used to store other kinds of data as well.
A team of researchers at the European Bio informatics Institute of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory have come up with proof to show that DNA molecules could hold more data than previously imagined. Headed by Nick Goldman and Ewan Birley, this team has demonstrated the potential that DNA molecules possess for storing and transporting man made data. Read the full story
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Posted on 20 April 2012.
The DNA databases are well protected resources, as they have a large number of detailed fingerprints that may be employed to discover an individual from cancer, paternity tests, genetic predisposition up to criminal records. It also appears that RNA databases, a derivative of large genome studies are used in the identification of persons. The databases are available in journals and to the public, and have the information from large number of people worldwide.
Having these discoveries, the scientists can improve the health of a patient using the RNA and deep individual data. But this as well brings up some questions concerning the genomic privacy.
The study performed in New York at the Mount Sinai School Medical Department changes the RNA detection process inside out. Scientists Ke Hao and Eric E. Schadt discovered that to get the DNA of an individual by use of RNA data. Nearly all the studies revealed how the RNA relays the genetic information using DNA sequences. Read the full story
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